Collette Dinnigan: class pleasures

You can always depend on Collette Dinnigan to bring a heightened sense of femininity to her catwalks. Or at least that’s the picture her name evokes. But that’s not always a true sentiment of her collections for colder months, where the Australian designer tends tends to offer up a mixture of delicate lace and winter wools. That experimentation doesn’t always go over well, certainly her autumn / winter 2011 showing in Paris wasn’t the best received with Style’s editor commenting that Dinnigan doesn’t “have much new to contribute regarding how modern women […] should get dressed.” Hardly complimentary. Thankfully, what took to the catwalk of the Melbourne fashion festival was an altogether different collection (well, as altogether different as a trademark style can be).

At times heavily laced and closing with the sort of wedding dress-cum-red carpet piece one expects of Dinnigan, it’s not for her trademark style that this collection sticks out but rather its revisionist take on past glamour. There was something decidedly 1950s to much of it. Trim silhouettes, an infusion of velvet, and classic waves gave the standout pieces an air of Hollywood glamour; Veronica Lake could have worn much of it, and the elegance of Karlie Kloss should really have opened were this shown elsewhere in the world.

To see all of Collette Dinnigan‘s autumn / winter 2011 (Australian season, not the same collection as was shown in Paris a few short weeks ago) click on the thumbnails below and browse through the photos.